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Build Your Own Farm Tools: Equipment & Systems for the Small-Scale Farm & Market Garden Contributor(s): Volk, Josh (Author)

Build Your Own Farm Tools: Equipment & Systems for the Small-Scale Farm & Market Garden Contributor(s): Volk, Josh (Author)

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Build Your Own Farm Tools: Equipment & Systems for the Small-Scale Farm & Market Garden
Contributor(s): Volk, Josh (Author)

ISBN: 1635863201    EAN: 9781635863208
Publisher: Storey Publishing 
US SRP: $19.95 US 
Binding: Paperback
Pub Date: August 03, 2021

From Josh Volk, author of the best-selling Compact Farms, these inventive tools and step-by-step instructions for making and modifying them help small, diversified farms simplify and streamline their operations for less wear and tear on human workers and for greater efficiency overall.
Josh Volk, author of the best-selling Compact Farms, offers small-scale farmers an in-depth guide to building customized equipment that will save time and money and introduce much-needed efficiencies to their operations.


Volk begins with the basics, such as setting up a workshop and understanding design principles, mechanical principles, and materials properties, then presents plans for making 15 tools suited to small-farm tasks and processes. Each project includes an explanation of the tool's purpose and use, as well as the time commitment, skill level, and equipment required to build it. Projects range from the super-simple (requiring a half-day to build) to the more complex, and include how-to photographs and illustrations with variations for customizing the finished implement. Along with instructions for building items such as simple seedling benches, a mini barrel washer, a DIY germination chamber, and a rolling pack table, Volk addresses systems design for farm efficiency, including how to design an effective drip irrigation system and how to set up spreadsheets for collecting important planning, planting, and market data.
Josh Volk is the best-selling author of Compact Farms and the proprietor of Slow Hand Farm in Portland, Oregon. For the last twenty years, he has worked on and managed small farms around the country, studying the systems that make them efficient. He travels in the United States and abroad, consulting with farmers and researchers, teaching farm apprentices and new farmers, presenting workshops at agricultural conferences, and writing articles for publications, including Growing for Market magazine.
"Our sovereignty on land is intertwined with our reclamation of land based skills - farming, preserving, forestry, carpentry, and yes, tool making. In Build Your Own Farm Tools, Volk shows us affordable and accessible ways to make the work of feeding ourselves and community more efficient and elegant. Even the novice builder will find the instructions clear and attainable. Let yourself be inspired to reclaim agency and creativity in your relationship to tools." -- Leah Penniman, Co-Founder of Soul Fire Farm, Author of Farm ing While Black
"It's a rare person who has mechanical aptitude AND writing ability. Josh Volk is talented at both -- plus he's a small farmer with real vegetable growing expertise. He builds useful tools, including many you couldn't buy if you wanted to, then explains the process so it can be replicated by even a DIY novice. He's also a pro at clearly explaining the hows and whys of everyday farm necessities such as drip irrigation. Every small farmer should read this book when getting started...it will make you more competent at the non-horticulture aspects of farming." -- Lynn Byczynski, founder ofGrowing for Marketmagazine; author ofThe Flower FarmerandMarket Farming Success; owner of Seeds from Italy
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